Average? Are you kidding me? Don’t you mean have a GREAT day or how about a FANTASTIC day? Isn’t it all about the awesome?
Yeah. This is what I was thinking too. But hear me out a second. Let’s do a quick exercise together shall we?
1) Choose an area of your life where you’ve been trying to kick ass.
It could be getting back into shape, being a wonderful parent or writing a book.
2) What would an average day look like for you as you pursue this goal? Note, I’m not asking for a typical day. I’m asking for average – neither exceptionally good nor exceptionally bad.
Working out for 30 minutes 5 times a week, spending an hour of quality time with your kids daily, and writing 500 words a day are all examples.
3) Let’s project forward shall we? If you did nothing but repeat your ‘average’ day 5 days a week, where would you be in 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?
In 3 months, you’ll have worked out 60 times. In a year, that number will be 240. It’s safe to say that you’ll be in shape and then some.
Spending an hour a day focused on being 100 percent with the kids would be more than 85 hours in 3 months – enough to mentor them and tune in to their needs and wants. Over the course of a year, you would be able to form an incredibly intimate and nurturing relationship. In 5 years, the impact on their lives would be extraordinary.
Writing 500 words a day will mean in 6 months you will have written 90,000 words! You’ll have written a book.
It turns out that the cumulative effect of a series of average days can lead to some extraordinary results!
The best part? You don’t have to deal with the pressure of being exceptional and extraordinary all the time. You can just be average and get there. Setting yourself up for having an exceptional day everyday is setting yourself up for failure.
The truth is, I am a sucker for motivational statements like ‘go hard or go home’ or ‘ put in everything you’ve got’ or even ‘better today than yesterday’. Another truth? – It’s what leads to the two steps forward, one step back…or sometimes 1 step forward, 2 steps back!
So as you set goals for yourself to achieve what you really want, try a different approach.
Think about what goal you want to achieve, the time you want to do it in and figure out what your average effort needs to be.
Then commit to having an average day each day for the duration of the goal.
And lets see the AWESOME that you create.